Updated 2023 version!
Let's see 17 tips and tricks before you start to record your podcast. Please take my advice, everything on this list is very important to get a good sound quality podcast at last, that is ready for podcast mastering. Please, feel free to ask in the comment section below.
- If it's possible, record everything by using professional microphones (avoid cheap and built-in mics)
- Use popfilters on mics (it costs $10, the cheapest is still better than nothing)
- Stay away from walls and corners (if your room has acoustic treatments on walls, you can sit closer to them).
- Turn down the volume of your speakers to zero(!) while recording, and use headphones instead (including your guests)
- Forget MP3(!), if you have space on your hard drive, record in WAV (on Windows) or AIFF (if you are on Mac)
- Set the sample rate to 44kHz/16bit or if your soundcard is good enough, choose the 44kHz/24bit depth option, minimum
- If you don't have space on your hard drive, choose the FLAC format to compress your audio files or use the mono recording option (the human voice is a mono source anyway)
If you already have a lot of MP3 files, don't save them back in MP3 again after the cutting/ trimming/ mixing processes (so avoid double compress), use lossless file formats instead (as it's marked above: WAV, AIFF, FLAC)
- Use quality microphone cables, such as Mogami's Quad cable or Mogami Neglex 2549. If you have a USB mic, nothing to do, use the USB cable bravely
- Take away the power supplies from the audio cables (otherwise, it generates a hum to the audio)
- Keep your microphones away from your monitor display (otherwise, it can generate different types of noises in the audio)
- Don't use external hard drives to record to it directly (only if it has a USB3 connection) it may causes glitches in your recordings
Record the mics to separate channels in your recording software (DAW), it will help in mixing it separately
- Turn off the built-in sounds of softwares, such as Skype (etc.), during the recording
- Turn off the system sounds of Windows (or macOS)
- Turn off screensavers
- Take out or switch off your mobile phones
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